Selfridges expected to open its next store north of the border

13 Jun 2007

The Herald, by Gerry Braiden

The next Selfridges store to open in the UK will be north of the border, according to the senior planning official at Scotland's largest local authority.

John Bury, head of planning at Glasgow City Council, said that while he could not give details on a timescale he said the authority was expecting a planning application in due course.

It follows claims earlier this week by senior sources within the authority that the upmarket retailer could have an application submitted by the autumn, with the recruitment of a new architect signalling a new phase of capital investment.

A report which went before the city council's Development and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee yesterday also held Selfridges in part responsible for the piecemeal approach to revamping the historic Merchant City area.

Almost 40% of the area is still derelict or vacant, much of that within the huge site owned by Selfridges facing on to the Trongate.

At the same meeting it was also agreed to serve an urgent works notice on Selfridges for the poor condition of a listed building owned by the firm.

The listed Smith's Court building was found to have extensive areas of timber rot throughout all floor levels, resulting in several areas collapsing and the roof caving in.

However, Mr Bury said negotiations with the London-based retailer were ongoing.

He said: "The Selfridges site has remained vacant for a long period of time, since the start of the Merchant City Action Plan in 2002.

"We are expecting a planning application in due course. The timescale is something that we are unable to tell you about."

He also said it was his understanding the Selfridges store would not take up the full site along the Trongate, and there was likely to be space for bars, cafes, and restaurants.

 

Reproduced with the permission of The Herald (Glasgow) © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd.

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